Date: Sept. 1, 2016
Event: Qualifying for the Southern 500 (Round 25 of 36)
Series: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Location: Darlington (S.C.) Raceway (1.366-mile egg-shaped oval)
Pole Winner: None, qualifying canceled (field set via NASCAR rulebook)
SHR Lineup: Kevin Harvick (1st)
Kurt Busch (4th)
Tony Stewart (17th)
Danica Patrick (25th)
With severe weather from Hurricane Hermine postponing scheduled on-track activities Friday at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway, NASCAR officials elected to cancel Sprint Cup Series qualifying, scheduled for Saturday afternoon, and replace it with a pair of practice sessions to give drivers more time to prepare for Sunday night’s Southern 500.
As a result, the 40-car field for the 367-lap event around the 1.366-mile egg-shaped oval was set by current 2016 owner points, per the NASCAR rulebook.
Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 4 Busch Beer Chevrolet for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), will start first. Kurt Busch, driver of the No. 41 Haas Automation/Monster Energy Chevrolet for SHR, will start fourth. Tony Stewart, driver of the No. 14 Coca-Cola Chevrolet SS for SHR, will start 17th. Danica Patrick, driver of the No. 10 Nature’s Bakery Chevrolet SS for SHR, will start 25th.
Joining Harvick on the outside of row one will be Brad Keselowski. Carl Edwards, Busch and Joey Logano comprise the remainder of the top-five.
The Southern 500 gets underway at 6 p.m. EDT on Sunday with live coverage provided by NBC